Zuffa is set for a big weekend, even if there's no pay-per-views this go-round. They've got two events to make up for it, and up first is UFC On FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann. Following that, we've got Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on Saturday. On Friday, the UFC will return to Australia for the third time in its history and we've got a strong card ahead of us. Not only is it the second event to be on FX, it's the debut of flyweights in the UFC.
That's 125 pounds, if you're just tuning in - and the UFC is holding a small tournament to crown the first champion. Demetrious Johnson will be taking on Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will take on Yasuhiro Urushitani, and the winners of those two fights will fight for the title. Those should be great fights, on top of the main event between striking experts in Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves.
For the Bay Area and California, Court McGee fights out of San Diego (at The Pit) and will be taking onConstantinos Philippou. Benavidez fights out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, and McCall trains in California as well. They're all going to be solid fights, and will be a good transition into the Saturday Strikeforce event. Let's take a look at the card.
Thiago Alves (19-8) vs. Martin Kampmann (18-5)
Joseph Benavidez (15-2) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6)
Demetrious Johnson (10-2) vs. Ian McCall (11-2)
Court McGee (13-1) vs. Constantinos Philippou (9-2, 1 NC)
Aaron Rosa (17-4) vs. James Te Huna (13-5)
Nick Penner (11-1) vs. Anthony Perosh (12-6)
Cole Miller (18-5) vs. Steven Siler (19-9)
Andrew Craig (6-0) vs. Kyle Noke (19-5-1)
Jake Hecht (11-2) vs. T.J. Waldburger (14-6)
Daniel Pineda (16-7) vs. Mackens Semerzier (6-3, 1 NC)
Shawn Jordan (12-3) vs. Oli Thompson (9-2)